The Dallas Cowboys head to Indianapolis this weekend for the NFL Combine. Their goal is to find players they can draft in May who will take them from the mediocre team they are to the elite team they want to be. Dallas must find players who can start for them immediately. One of those players is Louis Nix, the DT out of Notre Dame.
Nix is a 6-foot-2, 345-pound DT who was named a first team All-American this past season despite missing a few games with a knee injury. Nix has the build that NFL scouts drool over. Every team would love to have a huge body in the middle of their defensive line, and that is why he is projected to be picked in the middle of the first round at the NFL Draft.
There are some concerns with Nix. Some scouts question his motor and wonder if he goes hard on every play. Another concern is that when Nix arrived at Notre Dame last summer for practice, he was overweight. That begs the question, will he be able to control his weight in the NFL?
Despite the concerns, the bottom line is that Nix is a physical beast who could help any team. As far as the Cowboys go, they are in desperate need of DL help, especially since it is likely they will be losing Jason Hatcher and Anthony Spencer. If they were to draft Nix, he could be an instant starter for the Cowboys.
With the Cowboys having the No. 16 pick in the NFL Draft, they are going to have a few players to choose from. If Nix is there, I believe Dallas should strongly consider him–despite his flaws. If the coaches can properly motivate Nix, then he could be the disruptive force in the middle that Dallas has been missing.